An increasingly large percentage of New Zealand’s labour market is over 55. According to Statistics New Zealand, 279,600 people over the age of 55 were employed in March 2003 – around 14.4% of the total number of people employed. By March 2013 this number had risen to 489,900, or 21.8%.
At the same time, the number of people approaching the “entry ages” for the labour market is declining quickly. Between 2013 and 2023, the number of New Zealanders aged between 15 and 19 is expected to shrink by around 28,000.
So if you are a mature worker looking for a job change or reentering the workforce, try these tips:
- Use a skills based CV. You’ve had a long career. No one needs to know you competed your degree in 1978. A skills-based CV focuses on your experience not your age.
- List those skills. You’ve no doubt developed problem solving, management skills over the years and knowledge that younger people won’t have. Get a copy of the job description and employee specification. Sell yourself on these skills by being prepared to give examples of how you have carried out similar work.
- Network. You’ve worked with hundreds of people over the years and made all sorts of contacts. Revisit those networks. Befriend people from your old networks on social media and communicate with them. Tweet and post on forums to raise your profile in the industry.
- Do your research. Ask around, find out which organisations have lots of people your age and target them. If you have a specific job in mind find out what the job entails, and what the organisation or interviewer wants in an employee and make sure you look and sound the part on interview day.
- Be prepared. Remember the five Ps: "prior preparation prevents poor performance”. Be prepared for any question an interviewer may ask. If it’s that “you’re overqualified”, tell them that you’ve considered this issue, but know that your experience will be a tremendous asset to the organisation and that you’re committed to this role.
- Be positive. Attitude is so important. If you go into the interview believing that you’re the right person for the job you’re much more likely to be employed. Smile, look your interviewer in the eye and show that you like him or her. Confidence breeds confidence. If you are confident the interviewer will pick it up. So smile and be positive about yourself.
Whatever you do, think winning thoughts. There really is a job out there for you and if you would like our help, just contact us.
Posted: Wednesday 20 June 2018